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1919 Marcus Garvey establishes The Black Star Line shipping company this month. (tr)
2016 Muhammad Ali, boxer dies. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942. The world champion boxer lost his title when he was drafted in the the army and refused to fight. He was given a 10 year prison sentence and $10,000 fine and had his world title removed, the prison sentence was later dropped. In the mid 80's he opened the Muhammad Ali Centre in Handsworh and was a regular visitor to Birmingham UK. He developed Parkinson's disease in the late 80's and was in permanent poor health after. He changed his name and faith to black Muslim in the 1960's and and later changed to Sunni Muslim. He was a personal friend to Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr. (mn)
2016 Muhammad Ali's funeral took place in Memphis. Services began in Louisville on Thursday, June 9 with an Islamic Janazah prayer service at Freedom Hall on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center. A funeral procession went through the streets of Louisville on Friday, June 10, ending at Cave Hill Cemetery, where a private interment ceremony will occur. A public memorial service for Ali at downtown Louisville's KFC Yum! Center was held in the afternoon of June 10 also. (mn)
2013 Mary Love, soul/gospel singer dies aged 69. (b. Mary Ann Varney, 27th July 1943, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.) (d. 21st June 2013, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.) The news was announced by Ace Records Ady Croasdel on his website. Ady has previously worked with the singer. Mary Love Comer was a singer, to coin a soccer term, had a career of two halves. Her Sixties output has become a regular dancefloor diet on the Northern Soul dancefloors. Her Eighties recordings comprise some of the finest Soul Gospel recordings of that era, most notably her evergreen track, 'Come Out Of The Sandbox'. Her Sixties sides included 'You Turn My Bitter Into Sweet', I've Got To Get You Back', Let Me Know', 'Lay This Burden Down', 'Baby I'll Come', 'Talking About My Man' and 'Is That you?', all of which are hugely popular amongst Northern fans. Throughout the Seventies, Mary's recording career went on hold, apart from a couple of single releases, however, the Eighties proved to be a more fertile musical era for her music. It was at this time she released, arguably, her finest moment 'Come Out Of The Sandbox', which arrived in the form of a Co Love 45, and later appeared on the album 'His Servant Am I', released upon her and her husband, Brad E. Comer's, label Co Love Records. In recent years, Mary concentrated on her work in the New Judah Christian Fellowship Church, with her husband Brad. (soulwalking)
1952 The African National Congress begins its Defence of Unjust Laws campaign in South Africa.
1984 Louis 'Blues Boy' Jones passed away aged 53, due to complications from a stroke.
1991 U.S, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall announces his retirement.
1981 Henry Brown, boogie-woogie piano player, dies, St. Louis, Mo, USA. Born in Troy,TN in 1909. Henry Brown left Tennessee for St. Louis, MO, at the age of 12 and took up the piano while still in school. His playing style, an economical form of piano blues, was taught to him by a Deep Morgan Street blues player known to the public only as "Blackmouth." Brown later worked with St. Louis Jimmy Oden and trombonist Ike Rogers; with Rogers and guitarist Lawrence Casey, he formed a trio called the Biddle Street Boys. He recorded sides (often in tandem with Rogers) with Mary Johnson, among others, in between playing in clubs around St. Louis, where he lived most of his life and worked regularly right up through the mid-'70s. (mn-rs)